I really should’ve blogged about this earlier, but couldn’t quite find the time amidst the wonderfully hectic weekend. As mentioned in one of my recent tweets, I read on a baker’s blog that one of her photos had been stolen, and much to my horror, I landed on the site’s gallery only to find one of my works unabashedly displayed without credit, posted with a copyright symbol (no less), claimed to be hers.
The website belongs to Leonice of Dreamy Cupcakes:
I dropped her a mail on Thursday night to remove my said photo from the above collage (the original at the beginning of this entry), and as expected, I didn’t receive any reply, but the photo was removed as of Sunday evening.
Looking through the gallery, it is easy to recognise that there is a clear disparity between the quality of images, which only suggests that a significant number of the photos had been stolen off Flickr. As such, here is a word of caution to all bakers/sellers out there. Do look through the gallery to see if any of your works had been stolen.
For all the consumers out there, this also has a direct impact on you as customers. Because of this unethical behaviour of the owner of Dreamy Cupcakes, you are being led on to believe that all the photos on her gallery are her own work, and hence you will be assured of the quality of resultant product. However, as illustrated on a parenting forum thread here, the results could potentially ruin your whole party:
“I went online and was in love with the pics on the website … I specifically asked for their 3D cartoons cupcakes but was totally disappointed when i received them … [t]he delivered cupcakes were nothing like those on the website.When I tried to contact them subsequently via emails, sms etc. I got no reply. It was really frustrating as i end[ed] up having to get a replacement cake.”
Even though it’s been mentioned that the only thing bakers can do is to email her to get the photo(s) removed, and unfortunately, consumers may have to learn through a horrid experience, I believe awareness will go a long way, so spread the word!